RABATE (François), GUILLERME (EMILAND)
ARTE FRANCE, IMAGISSIME
German, English, French
TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD
This is the fascinating story of a Venice from the late 19th century to the rise of Mussolini through the saga of one of its richest families: the Stucky family. A forgotten Venice, with incredible unreleased archives in original color and amateur films shot in the early 1900’s.
How did a family that started from nothing managed to build an economic empire in so little time? And what made this empire collapse so suddenly to be lost in the swirling currents of history?
To the ebb and flow of fortune, the story of the Stuckys evokes the power of family sagas and echoes several contemporary leitmotifs: That of the self-made-man, the success story, of grandeur and decadence, and how the mighty fall.
Beyond the twists and turns worthy of a soap opera, the destiny of this dynasty inspires charm and amazement because it embodies a whole age – that of the total transformation of Europe at the end of the 19th century. Retracing the story of the Stucky family is thus a wonderful opportunity to bring to life this complex and tumultuous period in history.